Mrs. Olga, Program Director

Olga has an incredible passion for teaching with over 17 years of experience in the early childhood field. At the age of 16 she started giving private English lessons in her hometown in Russia and received a great deal of recognition for her teaching skills from the students and parents.

Born and raised in Russia, Olga attended Linguistic State University in Nizhny Novgorod, where she graduated in 1996 with a BA in Linguistics and Teaching ESL. She also has a BS in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University in Chicago.

Olga has lived and worked in Chicago for more than 18 years. Prior to joining New Einsteins Academy, she was a Montessori teacher at Park View Montessori School. She has also worked as a preschool teacher for a private school in Evanston.

Apart from dedicating her life to making a difference in young children’s lives, Olga loves travelling, cooking and learning new languages. One of her newest hobbies is learning how to enjoy the bountiful rewards of parenting while being a working mother.

Ms. Elizabeth, Site Director

Originally from California, Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of California, Davis. She made her way to Chicago in 2013 after graduating from Michigan State University where she received her Master’s in Child Development.

Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience working with children in the roles of nanny, tutor, preschool teacher and assistant director. She is passionate about creating an environment where children are supported in exploring, making mistakes, and asking questions until they master a new task. Elizabeth believes that children learn best through play and hands-on experiences.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and going to musicals. Ms. Elizabeth has been with NEA since July, 2015.

Ms. Emaline, Young Toddler Lead Teacher

Emaline was born and raised in Michigan. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Kalamazoo College in English /Creative Writing with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies (although she remains a Spartan at heart – Go Green!). She worked as a nursery assistant for her local church, babysat throughout the area, and volunteered at the Michigan State University Child Development Lab. She eventually enrolled in a Child Development class at Kalamazoo College, which involved a service-learning project – creating a book with local elementary school students.

After moving to Chicago and working in Human Resources, Emaline decided to make her passion for working with children into a full-time position. While at New Einsteins Academy, she is working on obtaining an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Education at City Colleges of Chicago, which she hopes will evolve into getting a Master’s Degree someday in the future. In her spare time, Emaline loves to read, write, cook, snuggle with her cat, knit, do yoga, and enjoy the outdoors in the many parks around Chicago.

Stefanie Pacheco, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

Stefanie was born and raised in Chicago and is the oldest of two siblings. She obtained her Associates of Arts in Social Work from Harold Washington College and is working towards a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. During her sophomore and junior year in high school, Stefanie volunteered as a mentor to incoming freshman. She gained experience with young children working at daycare centers and babysitting. She loves teaching children and believes that an adult can learn so much from a child too.

Stefanie loves spending her free time outdoors, exploring new places in this huge city. She also likes watching comedy movies, baking, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Yulisa, Young Toddler Assistant Teacher

Yulisa was born and raised in Chicago. Her inspiration to work with children came from her grandmother’s home daycare and she started working with children in 2018. When she was ten, Yulisa loved to help take care of her younger siblings and her love for teaching only grew from there. When it was time to make her career decision Yulisa immediately knew that working with children was her passion. She obtained her Associate’s in Arts and has her Advance certificate in Pre-school education from City Colleges of Chicago. Yulisa believes that children need to play to explore their surroundings and learn from each other.

In her free time, Yulisa likes to use her Cricut to create vinyl projects and crafts. She also enjoys baking for her family and friends. She hopes to one day own a business with her family.

Ms. Guadalupe, Older Toddler Lead Teacher

Ms. Lupe was born in Berwyn and raised in Cicero. She is the only girl out of five children. Ms. Lupe was greatly influenced by her 3rd grade teacher and knew that she wanted to become an early childhood educator early on in life. She obtained her associate degree in social work in 2013. Ms. Lupe chose this career because she wants to make children smile and teach them to be the best they can be in life.

She loves spending time with her family and recently became an aunt! She also loves to travel to warmer places, but definitely enjoys being a tourist in the city of Chicago.

Ms. Alison, Older Toddler Assistant Teacher

Alison grew up in Washington state where she studied Elementary Education at a local community college. She had the opportunity to transfer to a school in Hawaii where she studied Linguistics. A few years ago, Alison moved to Chicago and became a nanny for three wonderful girls.

Alison discovered her passion for child development at the early age of 9, when her first nephew was born. This passion was reaffirmed while she served two terms in AmeriCorps teaching English in Elementary schools. Alison is excited to learn the ins and outs of preschool teaching so one day she can open her own preschool. She has over 10 years of childcare experience.

In her free time Alison enjoys being out in nature and exploring all Chicago has to offer. She often spends her time reading, biking, or volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Ms. Anna, Preschool Lead Teacher

Anna was born in Malaysia and adopted by two amazing international teachers. Her parents taught at the American International School of Vienna, Austria, so Anna spent her life growing up there. She came to Chicago and received an Associate degree in early childhood education at Harry Truman College. Anna is now currently working on her Bachelor’s degree also in early childhood education at National Louis University. She is passionate about working with kids and enjoys learning about different cultures.

In her free time, Anna loves to attend music shows, theater, and play bocce ball at the park.

Ms. Sammy, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Sammy is thrilled to be an Assistant Teacher in the Preschool classroom here at New Einsteins Academy! She has experience working in the early childhood environment and knows the importance of relationship building as well as opportunities for creativity within the classroom. Sammy is from Aurora, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University in 2016. She has a degree in Organizational Leadership Communication and is currently attending Roosevelt University, (Go Lakers!), to obtain her Masters in College Counseling and Student Affairs. With her degree, she hopes to continue helping students of all ages achieve their goals in and out of the classroom.

Outside of class, Sammy loves trying new restaurants in her Lincoln Park neighborhood, spending time with her black cat (Gordon, named after Gordon Ramsay), and attending concerts or musicals whenever she can.

Ms. Grace, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Grace was born in Arlington Heights and has lived in Chicago for 7 years. She graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Leadership and has over 8 years of experience sitting and nannying for children. Her most recent nannying job inspired her to further her career in childhood education. She is very passionate about creating a warm and creative environment for children.

In her spare time, Grace enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends. Grace loves learning and playing new games, her favorite game as a little kid was Chutes and Ladders and her current favorite game is Cribbage.

Ms. Eli, School Floater

Eli has been working with children for over 15 years. She enjoys every aspect of teaching and has realized through her years in the field that the children can teach us as much as we teach them. Every day she makes sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve. Eli is proud and lucky to be part of such a great group of teachers.

In her free time, Eli enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her children.